Wildfire danger remains in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Forestry officials say dangerous conditions for wildfires exist across South Carolina even though the state is out of the traditional wildfire season.

Authorities say activities that can start a fire also increase in the summer like cooking out, burning of debris and shooting fireworks.

Officials say dry weather over the past few months means a small fire can build in intensity quickly.

Forestry officials say 224 fires burning more than 1,100 acres have been reported in South Carolina so far this month, more than were reported in either April or May.

Forty-nine of those fires have been started by lightning. Official say that an unusually large number.

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